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Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage
 
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me?" and the heart-stopping "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." London's Sunday Express says, "This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!"

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The Doppelganger (an international farce)  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Doppelganger (an international farce)
 
In the dangerous back channels of international resource politics, a wealthy British businessman suffers an untimely accident just before a critical African copper deal is signed. So when his unwitting (and witless) American doppelgänger is thrust into negotiations to avert intercontinental disaster, chaos erupts, leaving us wondering: whose side are we supposed to be on... and who will save Africa? This new American farce is a hilarious, irreverent and timely look at the back-room deals that shape our world and the unlikely cast of characters who make them.

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Heartbreak Hotel  
Broadway Playhouse Heartbreak Hotel
 
From the creator of the Tony Award-winning smash-hit Million Dollar Quartet, HEARTBREAK HOTEL is a record-breaking musical, selling out at its world premiere at the historic Ogunquit Playhouse. This prequel to Million Dollar Quartet follows the tender story of Elvis Presley in the early years of his bourgeoning career as he and Sam Phillips create the music that will forever change their lives. As Elvis' career skyrockets, both lifting and shattering the lives of those he loves, a secret love story is revealed, a betrayal is discovered, and "Colonel" Tom Parker changes the course of history, all in just 18 short months.

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4,000 Miles  
Steel Beam Theatre 4,000 Miles
 
A Pulitzer Prize finalist for 2012, Amy Herzog's play 4000 Miles is a funny, moving look at two outsiders who must find their way towards each other in a complicated world. A young man suffers a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip. Unsure where to turn, he makes his way to the apartment of his feisty 91-year-old grandmother. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates cross a terrain that bewilders and infuriates as they try to reach each other. See it at Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles.

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The African Company Presents Richard III  
Oak Park Festival Theatre The African Company Presents Richard III
 
In 1821, forty years before Lincoln ended slavery, and fifty years before African Americans earned the right to vote, the first black theatrical group in the country, the African Company of New York, is staging plays in a downtown Manhattan theater for both black and white audiences. Their competition is an uptown Broadway impresario who happens to be producing Richard III at the same time as the African Company. The latter's production is critically acclaimed, and has the theater filled to overflowing six days a week. But the prominent white producer is determined to shut down the African company's show at any cost. This is is a behind-the-scenes story like no other -- funny, uncompromising and uniquely American, it's an actual historical event that continues to resonate today. See it at the Oak Park Festival Theatre in Austin Gardens.

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Avenue Q  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Avenue Q
 
Loaded with humor and hummable tunes, Avenue Q is a hilarious look at life in New York, featuring a fantastic cast of people and puppets. In its Broadway debut, Avenue Q scored the "Triple Crown" of Tony wins, grabbing honors for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The lovable cast of characters, both flesh and felt, includes recent college grad Princeton, who moves to Avenue Q full of hope for the future, Kate (the girl/monster next door), and the colorful collection of neighbors who help Princeton discover his true purpose in life. Prepare for outstanding music and outrageous laughs when Avenue Q comes to the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in the Chicago area.

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Barbecue Apocalypse  
Prop Theatre Barbecue Apocalypse
 
A backyard barbecue designed to impress the neighbors quickly devolves into a battle for humanity's survival in outrageous end-of-days comedy Barbecue Apocalypse. A winner of best new play honors in 2014 from the Dallas Observer and DFW Theater Critics Forum, this fast-paced dark comedy centers around quirky, unstylish couple Mike and Deb, who have invited their hip, foodie neighbors for a barbecue to help overcome their status as the street's social outcasts (with the dumpiest house in the 'hood to match). But unbeknownst to any of these partygoers, the world is quite literally about to fall apart -- and apocalypse has a way of putting things in perspective. Catch this biting social satire at Chicago's Prop Thtr.

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Beehive  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Beehive
 
From solo powerhouses like Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin to glamorous girl groups such as The Supremes and The Shirelles, Beehive: The '60s Musical pays tribute to a time on the charts when women artists were all the buzz. This retro revue is packed with timeless tunes like "My Boyfriend's Back," "One Fine Day" and "Respect," as well as authentic costumes and, of course, plenty of wigs, as it recreates that revolutionary era in popular music when songs like "Where the Boys Are," "Downtown" and "Proud Mary" blasted from jukeboxes and car radios. Relive the heyday of pop queens like Tina Turner, Brenda Lee, Carole King and more when Beehive brings its high-energy stage show to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

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Ben's Wild Story  
Skokie Theatre Ben's Wild Story
 
Is 64 too old to become the person you'd like to be? "Frick, no!" says Ben Hollis. The eight-time Emmy winner (Wild Chicago, WTTW) and local TV legend makes his case in this high-energy musical revelation of personal comedy and original songs. Ben's Wild Story tells the tale of how this chubby Chicago kid obsessed with "being adored" confronts his ridiculously self-centered desires -- and ultimately overcomes them in unexpected ways. Audiences will find it irresistible to reflect on their own journeys as Ben humorously -- and often poignantly -- takes them on a wild adventure through the '60s, '70s and '80s. Plenty of Top 40 hits sweeten the mix as well. Hilarious projected images punctuate Hollis's 90-minute odyssey, providing cultural signposts along the way during this show at the Skokie Theatre.

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Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies  
Athenaeum Theatre Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies
 
A trip into the mind of one of Hollywood's greatest stars, Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies is a powerful one-woman show starring acclaimed actress Jessica Sherr. Taking place on the night of the 1939 Academy Awards, Davis finds out that she will lose the Best Actress Oscar to Vivien Leigh, so she decides to leave the ceremony. What follows is an internal dialogue of Davis' memories, filled with historically accurate details and piercing insight into the struggle of the actress who refused to fit into the mold of the stereotypical Hollywood ingenue. Enjoy this spirited portrayal of a bold, defiant and disillusioned box-office icon at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre Studio One.

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Bible Bingo  
Royal George Theatre Bible Bingo
 
From Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular comedy Late Nite Catechism, comes the new interactive comedy Bible Bingo. The Archdiocese's new bingo department needs to raise money for the parish. That's where you come in: Get ready to play bingo for a variety of wacky prizes. Along the way, you'll be drawn into conversation about everything from Adam and Eve to modern sins. Just be careful: You might laugh so hard you forget to yell "bingo."

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Bicycle Day  
Annoyance Theatre Bicycle Day
 
Bicycle Day is a new play about LSD and the man who invented it. Take this intriguing theatrical trip at Chicago's Annoyance Theatre & Bar.

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Birds of a Feather  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Birds of a Feather
 
Roy and Silo are your typical gay american dads with one noticeable exception: they’re penguins! No strangers to the spotlight, these two Central Park Zoo chinstrap penguins have partnered and adopted an egg, but will these two be able to raise little Tango together? Birds of a Feather is a heartwarming and surprising tale, based on the true story that became one of the most banned books in the US.

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Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story  
Stage 773 Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story
 
Before the Beatles or the Rolling Stones ever played a note, rock & roll was forever changed by the bespectacled kid from Texas. BUDDY tells the true story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career and features the classic songs "That'll be the Day," "Peggy Sue," The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace," Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba," plus many more.

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The Cake  
Rivendell Theatre The Cake
 
Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed of getting married in her small North Carolina hometown, so she heads down south with her partner to ask Della, her late mother's best friend, to do the honors of making the wedding cake at her bakery. Della's cakes are legendary,­ even earning her a spot as a contestant on the "Great American Baking Show." She is overjoyed at Jen's request­ until she realizes there's not just one bride, but two, forcing her to re-examine some of her deeply-held beliefs, as well as her own marriage. Faith, family and frosting collide in this touching and timely new play.

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California Suite  
Skokie Theatre California Suite
 
Experience the antics of four couples who, at different times, all occupy the same suite of rooms at the Beverly Hills Hotel. There are feuding couples, disillusioned holidaymakers, drunken husbands and frustrated movie stars, all presented in the effortless style of America's undisputed master of comedy, Neil Simon. Catch this classic at Chicago's Skokie Theatre.

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Columbinus  
Steppenwolf Theatre Columbinus
 
Mixing fact and fiction, Columbinus tells the story of the Columbine school shootings through the eyes of the teenagers and townspeople involved. An all too timely tale, this documentary-style drama uses text drawn from interviews, public records and the shooters' private diaries to illuminate the realities of modern adolescent culture. The grim realities of the average American high school ecosphere come to vivid life on the stage of the 1700 Theatre in Chicago, as the script co-written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam struggles to understand why two youths in Colorado decided a brutal crime spree was their best course of action.

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Cry It Out  
Northlight Theatre Cry It Out
 
Cooped up on maternity leave and eager for conversation, Jessie invites the funny and forthright Lina for coffee on their neighboring patios. They become fast friends, quickly bonding over their shared "new mom" experience-and arousing the interest of a wealthy neighbor hoping for a similar connection. This insightful comedy takes an honest look at the absurdities of new motherhood, the dilemma of returning to work versus staying at home, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship.

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Damascus  
Strawdog Theatre Damascus
 
Bennet Fisher's is a claustrophobic thriller about privilege, paranoia and the assumptions we make about one another. This moving play centers on Hassan, a Somali-American airport shuttle driver, in Minneapolis, struggling to make ends meet as more and more of his customers switch to Uber and Lyft. When a stranded teenager at the airport pays Hassan to take him to Chicago, it seems on the surface like it is worth the risk and the fare.

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DJEMBE! The Show  
Apollo Theater DJEMBE! The Show
 
DJEMBE! The Show is a not-to-be missed, unique and immersive fusion of music, rhythm and culture, that brings a rich, meaningful and powerful set of universal values to the hearts of the audience. Each audience member is given a djembe drum for the concert handmade in West Africa, and will learn to play along with world-class musicians to an exciting mix of Western traditions and favorite hits from around the world. In addition to traditional African beats, audiences will drum along to the music of artists like Prince, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Bob Marley, Angelique Kidjo, and Pharrell Williams, among others. The show explores the story of our shared humanity as well as the influence that Africa has had on world and pop music. Join the energy, emotion and joy of a show chosen by Oprah to open her Super Soul Sessions at UCLA for a live audience of 1750 people.

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The Explorers Club  
Citadel Theatre Company The Explorers Club
 
Armed only with a spoon, an intrepid female explorer ventures into the jungle and returns with Luigi, a suitably exotic-looking member of the lost tribe she's just discovered. Yet the esteemed -- and all male -- members of London's exclusive Explorers Club still refuse to allow her entry. Granted, it's 1879 and well before women's lib, but this particular group of professors aren't exactly setting the world on fire -- one's searching for the East Pole and another believes the lost tribes of Israel actually ended up in Ireland. Tony nominee Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) wrote this crazy battle-of-the-sexes comedy, dubbed "wildly funny" by Variety, now coming to the Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest as part of their 15th-anniversary celebration.

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Father Comes Home From the Wars  
Goodman Theatre Father Comes Home From the Wars
 
The Greeks may have set the template for epics, but American history has epics of its own. Father Comes Home From the Wars, like the Greek tragedies that inspired it, is the story of a warrior setting out for battle and then making the long journey home. Set in the Civil War, this explosively powerful new trilogy by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) at Chicago's Goodman Theatre follows the slave, Hero, who agrees to fight for the Confederacy in exchange for his freedom, traveling from West Texas to the Confederate battlefield and back home again. Described as Parks' "finest work yet" by The New York Times, the Father Comes Home From the Wars trilogy -- which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist -- is a masterful blend of the serious and the comic that is at once an epic drama, a moving personal story and a thoughtful meditation on liberty and loyalty.

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Firefly Love  
Athenaeum Theatre Firefly Love
 
In Firefly Love, Maria goes on a journey to the homeland of her favorite playwright, Henrik Ibsen. She dreams of being inspired, but instead finds another woman who is identical to her. From the moment that she meets her copy on a funicular to Mount Floyen, she begins the journey to find herself. To aid her, she enlists the help of her best friend Lola, and together they follow the other Maria to the other end of the world. Something Marvelous presents Firefly Love, translated by Hector Garza and directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary, at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre.

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Flies! The Musical  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Flies! The Musical
 
In a twisted mash-up of WAITING FOR GUFFMAN and GLEE, FLIES! THE MUSICAL! follows the drama kids from Lovely Valley Performing Arts Magnet High School. The students are left behind in an abandoned forest preserve during a "research" retreat for an unauthorized teacher-written musical production of LORD OF THE FLIES. Gradually, things turn savage in a couple of unsupervised hours as the plot points of the novel begin to come true one by one, in song.

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Future Echoes  
The Den Theatre Future Echoes
 
Allie and her close circle of soul mates meet for a dinner long overdue to reminisce about old times... only to find time is not on their side as violent forces gather to warn them about things that feel frighteningly familiar. From the twisted mind of one of WildClaw's Founders, the devious Paul Foster, comes a world premiere tale of terror about the ticking time bomb that is Reality and what lies in the treacherous fabric of the In-Between. Directed by WildClaw's own Norine McGrath and starring a cabal of Chicago's finest, the 13th nightmare in their 10 year history is waiting in the shadows and it's very hungry.

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Girl Found  
Edge Theatre Girl Found
 
Inspired by true-life events, Girl Found explores how perceptions can be distorted in the desperate, primal pursuit of love. A seventeen-year-old girl who, six years earlier, went missing resurfaces in a youth shelter in Canada, with no memory of where she's been. Soon she begins to recall some facts including a name, "Sophie Sobin." and is desperate to get her former life back. Her troubled mother, Eva, and her Aunt Ellie welcome her home, but Sophie and her faulty memories make this transition difficult. Sophie's return restores some hope and new life to her damaged family, but chaotic past events begin to bubble beneath the surface.

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Grace  
Athenaeum Theatre Grace
 
Steve and Sarah have a plan. With nothing more than a little start-up cash and a lot of faith, the couple picks up from their Minnesota home to start a new life in sunny Florida, opening a chain of evangelically-themed motels to spread the good Word while reaping some divine financial benefits. Meanwhile, their new neighbor Sam is in an existential quandary of his own: recently widowed and badly injured, he's faithless, bitter and hardly in the mood for new friends, sent by God or otherwise. As their lives become entwined, and their destinies made clear, all three will come to question their own beliefs and fears.

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Grand Hotel  
Theater Wit Grand Hotel
 
Inspired by the novel and the 1932 Academy Award-winning movie of the same name, which starred Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford and John and Lionel Barrymore, the musical Grand Hotel is set at the tail-end of the Roaring Twenties. With the world between wars and the stock market booming, a crew of eccentric characters meets at the Grand Hotel: the fading ballerina, the charming but destitute Baron, the fatally ill bookkeeper, the honest businessman gone bad, the typist dreaming of Hollywood success and the doctor who foreshadows the coming Depression. The musical, which opened on Broadway in 1990 and won five Tony awards and five Drama Desk Awards, is now playing at Chicago's Theater Wit. Issues of life and death, financial ruin, love and murder all converge as people come and go through the lobby of the Grand Hotel.

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Guards at the Taj  
Steppenwolf Theatre Guards at the Taj
 
India 1648. The dawn will reveal for the first time the extraordinary beauty of the Taj Mahal, built as a tribute to the ruler who demanded its construction. But for two hapless imperial guards, the morning light brings with it an unspeakable task that will shake their faith in God, the empire and their lifelong friendship. This boldly funny and deeply moving play examines the true meaning of beauty and the cost of transcendence in a world that confuses the value of both.

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Having Our Say  
Goodman Theatre Having Our Say
 
Before their story became the basis for a massively selling memoir, a Tony-nominated play and a movie, the Delaney sisters weren't widely known. That suddenly changed when at the respective ages of 103 and 101, Sadie and Bessie sat down with a reporter from The New York Times to talk about their lives. Born to a former slave who became the first African-American Episcopal bishop, the Delany sisters went on to be pioneers in the fight for civil rights, witnessing a century of change from the front lines. Now, Chicago's Goodman Theatre brings the "provocative and entertaining" (The New York Times) stage adaptation of their journey to life.

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Hollow/Wave  
Chicago Temple Hollow/Wave
 
Anu Bhatt combines the personal with the poetic in her new one-woman show about depression, body image and confronting sexual abuse. Seeking to balance and embrace two identities, Bhatt explores her South Asian-American background with courage and insightful humor. A mix of raw memories, lyricism and tough truths, Hollow/Wave is a daring dance for empowerment through a sea of imperfection.

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The Laramie Project  
Raven Theatre The Laramie Project
 
THE LARAMIE PROJECT presents a deeply complex portrait of a community's response to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man living in Laramie, Wyoming. In a series of poignant reflections, the residents of Laramie react to the hate crime and surrounding media storm with anger, bewilderment and sorrow. The play portrays the seismic and deeply personal impact Matthew's death had on this small town while also demonstrating the power of the human spirit to triumph over bigotry and violence. As we near the twentieth anniversary, Matthew Shepard's story still reverberates, urging us on with its clarion call to confront the destructive power of bullying and hate, in all forms.

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The Laramie Project  
Factory Theater The Laramie Project
 
When Matthew Shepard's life was taken in 1998, the residents of Laramie reacted to the anti-gay hate crime and surrounding media storm with anger, bewilderment and sorrow. Their reactions were recorded by Moises Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theater Project, and masterfully spun into a piece of theater as important today as it is relevant. The Laramie Project portrays the seismic and deeply personal impact Matthew's death had on the small town of Laramie, Wyoming, while also demonstrating the power of the human spirit to triumph over bigotry and violence. Join the Aleatoric Theatre Company for their production of the profoundly affecting The Laramie Project, at he Factory Theater in Chicago.

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Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
 
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics  
Pendulum Theater Space Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics
 
The talented actors in this instant theatre production bring their "lies and damned lies" -- snatched from their own life experiences -- and mix them with statistics, trivia and ephemera to write and perform a unique piece of instant theatre each night. Each performance of the show is different than the last, weaving comedy and drama in equal measure. Enjoy Lies, Damned Lies, & Statistics at Chicago's Pendulum Space.

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A Little Night Music  
The Greenhouse Theater Center A Little Night Music
 
Intimately staged with a focus on character and relationships, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC challenges audiences and artists alike with its complex musicality and darkly comedic themes of love and longing. The production is directed by Linda Fortunato, who has previously worked with BoHo on NEXT TO NORMAL, PARADE, and KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, with music direction by fellow BoHo alum Tom Vendafreddo (THE SPITFIRE GRILL).

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Love, Loss and What I Wore  
Oil Lamp Theater Love, Loss and What I Wore
 
From the writer of Sleepless in Seattle comes an intimate collection of stories about women and their lives. Based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman, Love, Loss and What I Wore is a play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects --mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black. Slip into this bittersweet comedy at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater.

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Macbeth  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Macbeth
 
The famed creators behind CST's sold-out The Tempest, Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn & Teller), reunite for a new, enchanted take on "the Scottish play." Diving into the psyches of Macbeth and his Lady, Shakespeare's seductive, twisted text delivers an explosive, unforgettable examination of what drives a person to risk utter destruction for power. Magic, witches, dark moors, and stunning sights will delight and trick the eye. Presented in the flexible performance space of The Yard, a unique configuration specifically designed for this show will perfectly match Teller's and Posner's wild imaginings in a thrilling culmination to the season.

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The Madres  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Madres
 
Set in the late 1970s during Argentina's notorious Guerra Sucia, or "Dirty War," The Madres by Stephanie Alison Walker tells the empowering story of three generations of women - a grandmother, a mother and a daughter - and their desperate attempt to keep their family intact in the face of state-sponsored intimidation, kidnappings and murder.

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The Magic Parlour  
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
The performance contains some of his favorite pieces of magic, alongside some brand new routines in an hour-long show packed with mind-reading, levitations, escapes, and a ridiculous new adaptation of the classic “Card Stab” during which Watkins climbs inside of a fully inflated 7 foot balloon!

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Mies Julie  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Mies Julie
 
In a sweltering kitchen of a remote farm, laborer John and Mies Julie, the daughter of his white master, embark on a feverish night. Fueled by drink, heat, generation-deep resentments, and primal passion, John and Julie's deadly attraction spins dangerously out of control. Dexter Bullard (Sucker Punch), directs Yael Farber's Mies Julie, an explosive and simmering adaptation of August Strindberg's classic play set against the poignant backdrop of post-apartheid South Africa.

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Monsieur D'eon is a Woman  
Trap Door Theatre Monsieur D'eon is a Woman
 
"Monsieur D'eon is a Woman" is a madcap romp following the extraordinary life and adventures of the Chevailere D'eon, an eighteenth century French diplomat, soldier, spy and a celebrated figure for Transgender and Women's rights.

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Neverwhere  
Lifeline Theatre Neverwhere
 
Richard Mayhew commits an act of kindness on the streets of London and finds himself trapped in a shadow world beneath the city. Lady Door returns home one day to find her family slain and her life upended. Drawn together by fate - and forces more powerful than they can guess - these two must brave countless trials, uncover the truth behind a dark conspiracy, and face the indomitable Great Beast before they can set things right again. Journey to London Below with a rogues' gallery of liars, outcasts, and assassins, on a treacherous quest to awaken the hero within.

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The Odd Couple  
Oil Lamp Theater The Odd Couple
 
Unger and Madison are at it again. Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic -- the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit, and the Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same. Enjoy this show at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater.

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Once  
Paramount Theatre Once
 
Guy and Girl, as they're known throughout the show, share a fateful meeting on the bustling streets of Dublin spurred by their mutual love for music. Guy is a singer about to give up his dream. Girl is a fan entranced by his music. Their story begins when he tells her of his day job as a vacuum repairman. Lucky for him, she's got a Hoover that "doesn't suck." When she asks him to fix it, she says she can only pay with a song. That song is all it takes for Guy and Girl to fall in love, but with that love also comes baggage. Guy has an ex he can't get out of his head, and Girl has an estranged husband and a daughter. What's holding them back couldn't be heavier, but when it comes to love, the only thing that can stop them is life.

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The Originalist  
Court Theatre The Originalist
 
When a Harvard Law School graduate with decidedly different views takes on a clerkship with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, one of America’s most brilliant and polarizing figures, she discovers in him an infuriating opponent and an unexpected mentor. Their relationship faces the ultimate test as they confront one of the most polarizing cases to reach the nation’s highest court.

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Outside Mullingar  
McAninch Arts Center Outside Mullingar
 
Anthony and Rosemary, two introverted, middle-aged misfits, have every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. Both have spent their entire lives on farms in rural Ireland, and a long-standing land feud between the families put them at risk to lose it all. Will the eccentric, lovelorn duo beat the odds and find solid ground? Directed by Steve Scott, Outside Mullingar comes to McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.

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Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure
 
Just like Peter Pan himself, the story of his many adventures never grows old -- and it's not hard to see why. Chock-full of fun and imagination, with pirates, a gang of runaways, magic pixie dust and the ultimate wish fulfillment of soaring through the sky, J.M. Barrie's classic tale continues to enchant and be reinvented for new generations. Now, Chicago Shakespeare Theater stages a fresh musical adaptation from the team behind Broadway's Mary Poppins. With a 75-minute running time, Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure is the perfect introduction to live theater for young audiences, and will continue to inspire adventures all summer long. Stick around after the show to meet the cast and snap some selfies, then make a day of it at Navy Pier!

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The Pirates of Penzance  
Cahn Auditorium The Pirates of Penzance
 
Everybody's favorite softhearted buccaneers are back, and they're in the mood for matrimony! Join the dashing Pirate King, the bumbling Sergeant of Police and the Modern Major General for a swashbuckling good time, with these G&S tunes: Poor Wand'ring One, I Am a Pirate King, A Policeman's Lot is Not a Happy One and I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General.

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The Revolutionists  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Revolutionists
 
In this fast-paced, fantastical comedy by award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson, a quartet of famously fierce females raise hell in Paris during the French Revolution. The Revolutionists are real-life characters Marie Antoinette, playwright Olympe De Gouge, assassin Charlotte Corday and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle, who conspire to avoid losing their heads -- literally -- during the insanity of the Reign of Terror. The Organic Theater Company stages this Chicago premiere at the Greenhouse Theater Center.

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South Pacific  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook South Pacific
 
More timely than ever, this Rodgers & Hammerstein landmark musical proves that even the backdrop of a tropical paradise cannot shelter its residents from the prejudices of World War II. South Pacific is the winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and ten Tony Awards including Best Musical.

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Spark  
Berger Park Coach House Spark
 
20-year-old Kale has just left the nest of his two moms. Facing the usual challenges of work, dating and furniture, he meets Buddy, a mysterious older neighbor. As their platonic friendship grows, strange coincidences pile up and Kale begins to dig into his own family's past. Can he find the piece that's been missing from his family before it's too late? Find out when new musical Spark comes to Berger Park - Coach House in Chicago.

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Striking Out  
Annoyance Theatre Striking Out
 
"Striking Out" is a two act musical about the first straight baseball player in a world where all professional athletes are gay. The Chicago Otters (a professional baseball team) are in trouble. Their star player Lance Valentine has torn his acl, mcl, tibia, fibula, patella, meniscus, and in a medical first: melted his knee cap. The owners of the team refuse to pay for any more big contracts so management decides to have an open tryout. Iowa farm kid Jimmy Roberts would be perfect for such an opportunity- he wields a baseball bat like Thor does a hammer. There is only one problem: he's straight and deeply in love with his girlfriend Penny. Figuring that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, Jimmy decides to lie about his sexuality and convinces Penny to come along for the ride as his "sister" in pursuit of both their dreams. She wants to be a TV journalist like her idol Matt Lauer. Jimmy ends up making the team, but will life as a big city professional athlete with all its temptations, conniving agents, and money lead Jimmy and Penny down the wrong path?Will his secret come out?

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Suddenly Last Summer  
Raven Theatre Suddenly Last Summer
 
Wealthy New Orleans socialite widow Violet Venable is trying to silence her niece Catherine, who, as the only witness to the murder of Violet's son Sebastian, has been giving a horrifying description of the circumstances under which he was killed. Unwilling to accept either that account or other assertions about her son's life, Mrs. Venable pursues extraordinary measures to keep Catherine quiet.

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Tinderella  
The Den Theatre Tinderella
 
Cinderella meets Tinder in this modern musical about finding the one ... and then the one after that. Your princess, Meg, longs for true love, but she can barely get a "like." Her fairy-god-roommate reveals the magic of Tinder and suddenly Prince Charming is only a swipe away. But Meg still has to get to the ball, catch BART before midnight and reconcile her fairy-tale dreams with grown-up reality ... all without losing her slippers. Don't miss this hysterical, racy and rocking adult musical at Chicago's Den Theatre.

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Tiresias Was a Weatherman  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Tiresias Was a Weatherman
 
Tiresias Was a Weatherman is a world premiere comedy about serious stuff. Chicago playwright Jaime Mire imagines a world parallel to our own where the destructive power of mental illness and raw emotion has an immediate and meteorological impact. Grab your umbrellas and anti-depressants and head to Greenhouse Theater Center for this off-beat, touching comedy about family, mental health and the weather.

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Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.

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The Tragedy of Tom Riddle  
Cornservatory The Tragedy of Tom Riddle
 
How did a regular wizard become the ultimate embodiment of pure evil? In the world premiere of The Tragedy of Tom Riddle, the theater group Odd Bodkins takes you inside the Harry Potter universe for this prequel explaining how Riddle became Lord Voldemort, told using the style, language, and verse of William Shakespeare. The play explores how Voldemort led a crusade of like-minded wizards on a quest to purify the magical world of half-blood and muggle-born magic users, drawing contemporary parallels to modern-day stories of nationalism, fascism, and racism, and culminating with the collapse of this way of life. Featuring live music and unique staging, this play for Potter fans and newcomers alike will debut at The Cornservatory in Chicago.

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20,000 Leagues Under the Seas  
Lookingglass Theatre 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas
 
When a terrifying sea monster is spotted off the coast, renowned scientist Professor Aronnax and fellow explorers set out to investigate. They soon find themselves kidnapped and held under the command, and spell, of the mysterious Captain Nemo. As they circle the globe aboard the most advanced submarine the world has never seen, they confront giant squids, bizarre sea creatures, and the monsters that lurk below...and within.

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Wild Women of Planet Wongo  
Chopin Theatre Wild Women of Planet Wongo
 
In "Wild Women of Planet Wongo", the audience encounters a world of Amazonian warrior women and their alluring Queen who first meet men when two bumbling astronauts crash onto their purple and green planet. While the guys think they've discovered paradise, hilarity ensues as the Wongo women plan surprises for their captive guests. This zany musical comedy is performed in three acts with no seats or stage. Audience members are encouraged to come dressed up in purple and green and to engage with the actors as they move around the space. During the two intermissions, audience members can further become part of the show by participating in the Wongo Game Shows where they can win prizes, while others can simply observe the fun, dance or replenish their green Wongotini cocktails.

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You Can't Take It With You  
Oak Park Festival Theatre You Can't Take It With You
 
Welcome to the Sycamore household, a merry melange of free-thinkers, eccentrics, odd-balls, and lovable others. Come in. Sit down. Don't mind the snakes, the fireworks, the less than Bolshoi ballet performances, the typewriter, the general absence of any orthodoxy. And meet Alice, the sweet natured and sanest of this family who has fallen in love with the son of her oh-so-conventional boss. Stay for the hilarity when the prospective in-laws arrive for to dinner to give their blessing to the marriage - on the wrong night - and encounter Alice's peculiar extended family in all their glory. Can these two polar opposite families find common ground? It is madcap 1930's comedy at its very best - but with eternal and urgently timeless message of accepting and embracing life - your own and everyone else's.

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